OT0507 - Placement 3

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What will I learn on this module?

By the end of this module, you will have further developed your Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills by completing your third Occupational Therapy practice placement. This will build on the skills and experience gained during previous placement experiences to encourage you to develop an increasingly active role within the delivery of Occupational Therapy.

Through your supervised practice, you will develop knowledge and skills relating to human occupation and Occupational Therapy practice within the identified context. This will involve furthering your core and generic skills and developing an understanding of how a range of professional knowledge – such as scientific concepts, service-user led information, policy, legislation, and research evidence – are applied to safe and effective practice. The placement will also continue to encourage your development as a reflective and evidence-based practitioner and will make links to theoretical concepts from other Y1 and Y2 modules.

As you will be guided by professional and regulatory body requirements for student occupational therapists, practice placement is a fundamental part of preparing you for your own future professional employment. Hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme.

The preparatory period in university prior to placement will revisit the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

How will I learn on this module?

The module will begin with a period of university learning to help you to prepare for professional practice. Practical approaches, including simulation, will be used to encourage students to consider and to prepare for scenarios that they will face in practice. By this time, student groups will be able to help to prepare each other for placements in different areas of practice and will be encouraged to design and lead simulated learning opportunities prior to placement.

The majority of this module will be practice based. You will engage with an identified Occupational Therapy practice area and work alongside a qualified Occupational Therapist(s) who will act as your practice educator to facilitate your learning. Alongside the identified educator(s), opportunities to learn from other team members, disciplines and related services can be negotiated throughout the placement. Your practice educator, alongside other professionals, will support you to apply knowledge and skills in the real-world practice environment. You will be encouraged to take an increasing responsibility for your practice learning, negotiating and identifying learning opportunities and providing a range of evidence to achieve placement competencies.

University sessions prior, during and following the practice placement will help you to link theory to practice, to consolidate learning and to identify areas for development as you work towards future modules and placements. Tutorials may be in the form of individual or small group tutorials, in university or in practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module tutor, alongside other academic staff, will support you at key points before, during and after the placement. You will also have an identified practice educator (a qualified Occupational Therapist) who will facilitate and support your learning in practice. In addition, you will be supported to identify and access other professionals and disciplines available in the particular practice area.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand information from a range of professional sources to inform professional reasoning about occupational performance and engagement, and the therapeutic potential of occupation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Apply core occupational therapy and professional theories, concepts and principles to demonstrate development of professional reasoning skills throughout the therapeutic process
3. Apply and appraise relevant OT techniques/core skills with supervision by meeting identified practice competencies and demonstrating safe and effective practice

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Collaborate with others - including professionals, students and wider organisations – in order to promote person centred care
5. Demonstrate understanding of issues which influence the quality of service provision and is able to reflect upon own and service performance

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:

Ongoing formative assessment of practice where strengths and areas for development are identified. This will be supported through regular supervision meetings between the student and the practice educator and will be summarised during a mid-point contact with an academic tutor.

A written reflection, submitted to your placement educator will also provide an opportunity for formative feedback.

Summative assessment

Level 5 Practice Placement Competencies

You will be assessed by your Placement Educator on a pass/fail basis in line with specified level 5 competencies. You will receive written and verbal feedback on your strengths and areas for development from your Placement Educator

The summative assessment will promote achievement of all MLO’s


All Level 4 modules
Module OT0502 (Placement 2) must have been passed before commencing this module.



Module abstract

This module provides a further opportunity to experience Occupational Therapy practice at first hand. You will spend 8 weeks as part of a team within an identified area of practice, learning from and with service users, occupational therapists and wider services and team members. You will be allocated to a qualified Occupational Therapist who will guide and support your learning. Through opportunities for supervised practice with ongoing assessment and feedback, and monitored through regular supervision with your allocated practice educator, you will be supported to work towards the placement competencies relevant to your level of learning. This module will enable you to consolidate skills developed during your earlier placement at this level and to develop an increasing responsibility for your own professional reasoning and practice.

The placement process will also be supported by university sessions before, during and after your placement to help you to prepare for practice and to assist you to consolidate learning and future development needs.

Course info

UCAS Code B920

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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